Midnight Captive (blog tour)

Check out this debut novel by E.D. Philips! It's a fairy-tale retelling of sorts, combining several different stories including Sleeping Beauty and the Pied Piper (click here to view it on Goodreads). This blog tour is hosted by Rivershore Books, and a full schedule can be found on their website.

from the back cover
Phaedra is cursed to sleep until true love wakes her. Hermione has a dark secret. 

When Prince Sheridan discovers the two princesses wandering the woods outside the castle at night, he begins to wonder if there is more to Phaedra's curse than is readily apparent. 

With the help of a minstrel out to prove a point, they must discover the secret before the princesses are trapped forever in the night.

my rating

my review
I thought this was a decent debut novel, and an interesting take on Sleeping Beauty and the Pied Piper. Although most of the characters seemed rather flat, I really liked Alyn, the minstrel. He's exceptionally caring, having a great deal of empathy balanced with a hint of wisdom (something lacking in many of the others). His story added a small subplot to the book as well as a fresh perspective. Speaking of perspective, I also appreciated the rotating POV between Hermione, Sheridan, and Alyn.

This book could earn a higher rating from me with a bit more editing, both on the micro and macro level. I noticed a few out-of-place commas (nothing terribly distracting, though), and the language of the book could stand to be more varied. Finally, the plot had a few minor holes, but I will refrain from going into great detail for fear of spoiling the book for others.

In all honesty, I probably shouldn't have picked up a book about one of my least favorite fairy tales. I never did like the passivity of Sleeping Beauty. So take my review with a grain of salt, and if the summary interests you, then you should definitely read Midnight Captive. Don't let my bah-humbugging hold you back!

about the author
Emilie has been writing stories for the past ten years. Her love for storytelling and fairy tales began when she was a little girl and her dad would make up bedtime stories about a princess named Amichelie; a character based off the names of Emilie and her sisters.

Midnight Captive is her first novel, written during National Novel Writing Month November 2010. She participated in the writing challenge the following two years and produced two more novel rough drafts. Her plan is to work on editing one of those drafts over the summer along with continuing to write a fantasy novel set in the real world.

Emilie lives in Alberta, Canada. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting baby blankets for her nieces and nephews and creating graphic art while watching British television.

Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EmilieDPhillips

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